Applicant says job showed video of him stealing during interview

Job interviews can be stressful. Prospective employees can prepare to answer questions about previous experience and what they can do for the role, but there’s always a chance that an employer will throw a curveball that can catch the applicant completely unprepared.

One of those curveballs, as TikTok user Kian (@kieyin) recently shared, is footage of the applicant stealing from the very business they’re applying to. TikToker’s video of the incident has been viewed over 324,000 times since it was posted on November 29.

In the video, Kian makes shocked facial expressions with his hand over his mouth. “When I went to an interview and they showed me footage of me stealing from them,” he writes in the video’s text overlay. Kian adds in the caption that he didn’t get the job.

@kieyin I didn’t get the job #fyp #gay #trending #foryou ♬ Original sound – ⭐️

This video inspired a response from TikTok user @user73829444729, who claimed that something similar happened to him. His stitch has over 659,000 views.

@user73829444729 #stitch with @Kian #greenscreensticker #greenscreen ♬ Original sound – user73829444729

In the video, @user73829444729 says he applied to be a sales rep a few years ago and got hired. However, during the orientation class, he was escorted out by a manager and a security guard.

They showed him “these security camera footage of me and my boyfriend from two different days allegedly doing some kind of credit card fraud… They wanted me to admit it and they threatened to call the police,” he says.

In response, @user73829444729 denied it was him in the security footage, although in his TikTok he implies it actually was him. He was then released.

Commenters under both videos shared their thoughts on the matter, with many saying that they probably wouldn’t be allowed to apply to certain stores for that very reason.

“This includes Wal-Mart, Costco, Doller Store, Dominion, Shoppers, Hot Topic, Claire’s and a few others,” wrote one user.

“Will not be able to operate retail chains,” shared a second.

“I can never work at the pubx near my house before my shoplifting era,” claimed a third.

Other users shared how they would react if something similar happened to them.

“If they did that to me I would just die as soon as I recognized myself in the footage,” wrote one commenter.

“Just tell them to deduct it from the first paycheck,” joked a second.

Kian provided more details on the situation in an Instagram direct message exchange with Daily Dot.

“I just laughed and asked if they took me there to show me, and they originally said no, but one of the workers recognized me when I came in for the interview,” he said.

He also noted that the company is a multinational company, not a local or family-owned company.

In the interview, Kian says he was questioned about the alleged theft, but nothing more.

“They asked why I did what I didn’t answer, and they told me I was no longer welcome at the facility,” he said. “Since then I haven’t been there and nothing has happened.”

The Daily Dot emails @user73829444729.


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*Initial Release: December 9, 2022 1:32 PM CST

Braden Bjella

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